The Sept. 2/Sept. 9 issue of the Courier-Gazette marked the passing of Carolyn Flanagan in an obituary, on page eight. She was a much loved member of the Courier family, twice over.

As a young woman, she worked for Publisher Sid Cullen at the Original Main Street location of the Courier Gazette at 465 Main St. This would have been in the early 60s.

Newspapers are like a family; so it was at that time. The Courier was owned by the Warren family from Bangor. They also owned and continue own the Bangor Daily news. The Courier’s offices and presses were all housed in one location on Rockland’s Main Street.

By the time I came along in 1989, the Courier moved to a new building all of their own on Park Drive overlooking Rockland Harbor. I believe it is a tradition for publishers to have a “corner office.” Park Drive afforded a corner office with two harbor views. The publisher was Ray Gross, who worked his way up to the corner office by way of the news room.

I was a couple of years in to my newspaper career when Carolyn Flanagan returned to work for the Courier in our advertising department. I did not know her well, I would see her around town or at ball games.

I knew she was a Flanagan. Her sons Chip, Kevin, Butch and daughter Beth were mostly grown, and it was time for Carolyn to come back to the Courier family.

Carolyn was one of the most professional coworkers I ever worked with. Her appearance was impeccable, with her hair up and perfectly set, her pastel pantsuits and a ball point pen, in a writing position in her hand always. She kept a tissue in her left sleeve, should she need it.

She was like a mom looking after and sticking up for us in the advertisement department. We were all young at the time. Watching her wait on customers — many back then came in to our office to place ads — was real education. Her calm manner put them at ease, and made them more than happy to buy advertisements from us. Her close was as smooth as the putting green at Rockland.

“Shall I make you a space reservation?”

She was creating something just for them. She made something wonderful from the ordinary. Her follow through, honed from years at the old Courier, was the standard for how to present information and artwork for production to complete the process.

Since her passing, I thought about the time she lived in and how she thrived in it, making everyone around her better. But she was so much more than that. I believe she would have made a great publisher. She knew all aspects of the operation top to bottom, and learned from one of the best publishers in the Courier’s history.

I often heard her say, “Sid Cullen would have never allowed that.”

Being a Flanagan, Carolyn was steeped in sports knowledge. We would talk in great detail about Rockland basketball. She, of course, knew every player and their families. But she also knew the X’s and O’s and strategies.

As many of us knew, golf was her real love. She would play nine holes into the twilight nightly. The Rockland Golf Course at sunset is a beautiful place she knew well.

She will always be there.

Glenn Billington is a lifelong resident of Rockland and has worked for The Courier-Gazette and The Free Press since 1989.

Carolyn Flanagan